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Jim's Gems: Progressive Improvement is the Key

October 31, 2011
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Making breakthrough-level progress can be a bit challenging for some of us. If that’s the case with you, don’t worry about it. Making a little bit of progress is much better than making no progress at all. Even though the going may be slow, keep going with steady effort.

Moving slow and steady toward a goal is much better than not moving at all. The secret is to do what we can, when we can, and with what we have.

Time will work in our favor when we use our time and effort for a positive purpose. Over time, even the small, incremental efforts can bring big results.

If we waste our time wishing we could do more, we typically end up doing less. This is only human. However, we need to use our time to do the best we can. Progressive improvement will outperform postponed perfection. Every time.

Even when we’re not able to take a major step forward, we can always take small steps forward. If we just keep taking those small steps, the opportunity to take big steps will surely come.

A little here and a little there will soon add up to a lot of progress. Even when we can't do much, we can always keep our self progressively headed in a positive direction. If all we can do is all we can do, then all we can do will be enough.

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